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  • Ancient order, modern times: Order of Malta focuses on renewal

    Ancient order, modern times: Order of Malta focuses on renewal

    • Aug 3, 2017

    After a crisis put the Knights of Malta into the media spotlight with numerous articles speculating about a rift between conservative and progressive factions within the ancient order, the organization is seeking to update its rules while holding steadfast to its most important traditions.

  • Head of Knights of Malta relief efforts says sea rescue is a ‘mission’

    Head of Knights of Malta relief efforts says sea rescue is a ‘mission’

    • Aug 1, 2017

    After an internal crisis that led to the resignation of the order’s former grand master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the head of the Knights of Malta’s Italian relief corps reminds people of one of the primary focuses of the centuries old order: helping migrants, the poor and the marginalized.

  • Knights of Malta vote for new leader after papal dispute

    Knights of Malta vote for new leader after papal dispute

    • Apr 29, 2017

    The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre with the title of lieutenant of the grand master. He most recently has been the grand prior in charge of the order’s Rome chapter. The election was necessary after the former Grand Master of the order, Fra’ Matthew Festing was forced to resign after a dispute with Pope Francis over the attempted ouster of an official of the order.

  • Pope meets knights of Malta before order’s contested election

    Pope meets knights of Malta before order’s contested election

    • Apr 28, 2017

    Just a few days before the Knights of Malta convene to elect a new leader, the former head of the order has returned to Rome defying the Vatican’s wishes. The former Grand Master, Matthew Festing, did not say if he would vote for himself, though in a recent plot twist the order confirmed that the new leader would only be temporary.

  • Knights of Malta asked to elect temporary leader

    Knights of Malta asked to elect temporary leader

    • Apr 26, 2017

    In an email written by the leadership of the Knights of Malta the members were advised to consider electing a lieutenant who would temporarily take the reins of the order. The order’s relationship with the Vatican has been tough since Pope Francis requested that the grand chancellor resign his post.

  • Knights of Malta chief says it was Burke who asked official to resign

    Knights of Malta chief says it was Burke who asked official to resign

    • Feb 15, 2017

    In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign — and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request.

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